Pickup truck grazes 13-year-old girl near Washington Middle School

Long Beach police are investigating a crash involving a pedestrian near Washington Middle School that sent a 13-year-old girl to the hospital with minor injuries, Thursday afternoon, authorities said.

Police responded to the crash shortly before 4 p.m. near 14th Street and Pacific Avenue, where they found a girl that had been struck by a vehicle, Lt. James Richardson said.

The girl had been “grazed” by a pickup truck and had minor injuries, according to Long Beach Fire Department Capt. Matt Dobberpuhl.

“Just to be safe, she was transported to a local hospital,” Dobberpuhl said.

The driver of the truck stayed at the scene and cooperated with police, according to Richardson.

“The cause of the crash is under investigation and it is unknown at this time if the minor was in a marked crosswalk,” Richardson said.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from Cal State University, Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband, Steven, and her cat/child, Jones.